Hard-hitting talk show host Augustus Seeza has become a household name in Ghana, though plagued by rumours of lavish overspending, alcoholism, and womanising. He’s dating the imposing, beautiful Lady Araba, who leads a self-made fashion empire.
Araba’s religious family believes Augustus is after her money and intervenes to break them up. A few days later, just before a major runway show, Araba is found murdered in her bed. Her driver is arrested after a hasty investigation, but Araba’s favourite aunt, Dele, has always thought Augustus Seeza was the real killer.
Almost a year later, Dele approaches Emma Djan, who has finally started to settle in as the only female PI at her agency. To solve Lady Araba’s murder, Emma must not only go on an undercover mission that dredges up trauma from her past but navigate a long list of suspects with solid alibis. Emma quickly discovers that they are willing to lie for each other – and that one may still be willing to kill.
This was a really good read, moving back and forth in time from Lady Araba’s death, the book slowly reveals the motives the people around her had, and why they might have killed her. Emma and the team make more headway on the case than the corrupt and inept police did at the time, despite it being almost a year later.
So engrossing and compelling, with its scorn for Ghana’s inefficient and easily manipulated systems, and its ribbing of the 1% who are oblivious to how much they’re observed by those around them. Money smooths the way but as younger Ghanaians rise up into positions and change the way things are done, the ability to bribe and blackmail people has less power.
Exposing the underbelly of society and, through Emma and Detective Boateng, showing a smarter, more honest new broom, the author points the way for a better society, one where the poor driver doesn’t get arrested and the real killer receives justice swiftly and through good policing and hard evidence.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.